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Penjana’s Taufiq Iskandar and MRANTI’s Safuan Zairi: Capital & Policy are Music to Entrepreneurs

November 5, 2022

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Penjana’s Taufiq Iskandar and MRANTI’s Safuan Zairi: Capital, Policy are Music to Entrepreneurs

Thriving tech ecosystems need sufficient pools of capital and a vibrant policy framework to succeed. Safuan Zairi, Chief of Ecosystem Development at govt research & innovation commercialisation agency MRANTI and Taufiq Iskandar, CEO of the govt’s matching fund-of-funds firm Penjana Kapital, take us on a journey of Malaysia’s tech ecosystem and offer an honest view of where the country’s players need to improve to remain relevant in an uncertain future.

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Penjana: https://www.penjanakapital.com.my/aboutus/team
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/safuanzairi
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/safuan-zairi-bb562756/
MRANTI: https://mranti.my/about-us

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CONTENTS: 
00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:22 - A Cold Hard Look At Malaysia’s Tech Ecosystem: Ahead, On Par or Behind? 
00:07:47 - So, Progress: Where and How? 
00:11:40 - Are Venture Capitalists in Malaysia Too Risk-Averse? 
00:21:28 - What Would Attract Capital from Andreesen Horowitz, KKR, Sequoia? 
00:25:41 - Do Entrepreneurs Really Need to Think Big, Think Global? 
00:27:09 - Why Is There So Little Risk-Taking Capital?  
00:32:39 - What Is Malaysia’s Positioning WIthin ASEAN to Attract More Capital? 
00:44:20 - What Happens When Companies Go Bust Due to Circumstances? 
01:05:11 - Must You Be in a Sexy Sector to Attract Capital? 
01:11:46 - Is Enough Being Done to Keep Legacy, Old Companies Relevant? 
01:19:44 - How To Catalyse More Global Capital to Malaysia? What Mechanisms Exist? 
01:22:09 - How To Use the Media to Build More Awareness? 
01:28:30 - Is There a Listening Platform for Entrepreneurs to Talk to the Ecosystem? 

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